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NEW! APICS CPIM Reconfiguration 2 Module Format - Please Read

APICS Baltimore Chapter

Monday, January 23, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 10:00 PM (EST)

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Dear Members:

APICS announces a reconfiguration of one of its flagship certification programs, APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM), to better serve the needs of the supply chain workforce.

The new CPIM configuration streamlines the preparation and exam process to help supply chain professionals master the essential production and inventory terminology, concepts, and strategies in an even more effective and efficient manner. Instead of a five-module exam configuration, the new program includes only two modules, bringing it more in line with the format and delivery expectations of other APICS certification products while addressing the content overlap between modules.

“As with the recent updates to our membership program and with everything we do, our main focus at APICS is on supply chain professionals, their goals, and how we can best help them achieve those goals,” says APICS CEO Abe Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CAE. “The planned changes to the CPIM program are based on direct feedback from our members and corporate customers. We review and update our content and delivery mechanisms so that we remain a leading supply chain management authority and continue to set the industry standard for education and certification programs.”

What is changing in the CPIM Reconfiguration?

The number of exams to earn the CPIM designation will drop from the current five to two exams.
The two exams will be the Basics exam and a new (yet unnamed) “combo” exam that will include all of the topics and terms for the Master Planning of Resources (MPR), Detailed Scheduling and Planning (DSP), Execution and Control of Operations (ECO), and Strategic Management of Resources (SMR) exams.

Why is the CPIM program changing?

A Task Force, made up of 12 APICS members who represent APICS major CPIM stakeholders, and facilitated by an external psychometrician/facilitator, reviewed and considered an abundance of data including:
1. Customer feedback on program length and dissatisfaction on the number of exams required.
2. Misalignment with the format and delivery expectations of other comparable industry Certification programs.
3. Content overlap between modules.

Are we watering down the CPIM program?

We don’t believe so. First, there is no change to the topics or terms covered in the Exam Content Manuals (ECMs). We will still be testing the same body of knowledge. Second, thenew exam will be a 3 ½ hour exam, with 150 questions. We are working with a psychometrician – a statistician who specializes in measuring psychological attributes, including the knowledge, skills, and abilities a professional might need to work in a particular job or profession – to ensure the new exams will be reliable and the test results are valid.

The new configuration will:

  • Move from a 5-module exam configuration to a 2-module exam configuration
  • Bring the CPIM program in line with the format and delivery expectations of other APICS certification products
  • Address content overlap between modules and streamline the preparation process of the APICS CPIM designation

Visit apics.org/cpim-reconfiguration for additional information.

What is the APICS Baltimore Chapter doing about it?

During the reconfiguration process which should be complete by the end of Q3 2017, we will be offering a series of BSCM courses to get plenty of people to complete this module. We will then be offering the second module, once complete, for candidates to acheive their CPIM designation. Moving forward we will be conducting the new CPIM format and learning system.
To see our upcoming BSCM courses please go to: APICS Baltimore BSCM Course Schedule

Regards,

Todd N. Sabin, CPIM, CSCP
APICS Master Instructor
Phone: 443-600-9519

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Monday, January 23, 2017 at 7:00 PM - Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 10:00 PM (EST)


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